Lance Armstrong confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he indeed “doped” — used a variety of steroids — and admitted it was the only way he could have won the Tour de France seven times in a row.
Armstrong repeatedly answered “Yes” to Winfrey’s questions in the shocking interview which aired Thursday, and which, while expected after a week of media teasing, was astonishing, clinical, and abhorrent.
“Describing himself as a ‘bully’ and a ‘deeply flawed character’, Armstrong ended years of denials by revealing his darkest secrets in an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey at his hometown of Austin, Texas,” Julian Linden at Reuters reported late Thursday night:
In the opening question of the televised interview recorded three days earlier, one word was all it took to dismiss any remaining doubt his success on the bike was fueled by doping.
“Yes,” he replied when asked directly whether he used performance enhancing drugs.
True to her word, Winfrey rapidly fired probing questions at Armstrong, offering him little respite and grilling him about every aspect of his tainted career.
Without any hesitation, and showing no signs of emotion, Armstrong replied “yes” to a series of questions about whether he used specific drugs, including erythropoietin, human growth hormone and blood doping.
Asked why he had repeatedly lied about using banned substances until Thursday’s startling admission, he told Winfrey: “I don’t know I have a great answer.
“This is too late, probably for most people, and that’s my fault. I view this situation as one big lie that I repeated a lot of times.
“It’s not as if I said no and moved off it. While I’ve lived through this process, I know the truth. The truth isn’t what I said and now it’s gone.”
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